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Bartenders host the best events. Try to prove me wrong, but if you’ve ever been to a Lush Life Productions events, you know. Though I’ve never been to Camp Runamok or Portland Cocktail Week (both are on my bucket list), I went to the educational Bar Institutes in Miami and Austin. Right now, I’m missing Bar Institute New York, which will showcase the year’s most popular seminars and presentations.

Over the course of the past year, I’ve skipped or missed a lot of those events, both locally and nationally. Instead of traveling for work or fun, I’ve mainly been making trips out of necessity to visit family. At the time, family took precedence, and I wouldn’t trade the memories from those trips for anything in the world.

The tiny, fearful part of my brain tries to convince me otherwise. “You could be having so much fun,” it whispers. “You’re only young once.” But even at the events I’ve attended, even at amazing Bar Institute parties and dinners with friends I love, I find myself counting down until I would be by myself, curled up under a bunch of blankets.

It would seem that there’s no right answer. But the truth is that I’ve been pushing myself beyond the limits of my body and mind for more than a year. I’ve been exhausted, both mentally and physically, and need to give myself some time to heal. Hell, after my last big trip in July, it took almost three months to recover from feeling utterly off-kilter when I got home.

Tonight, I’ll wish my friends all the best fun, drinks, and food New York has to offer. Y’all post all the pictures so I can keep up and stay jealous, alright? If you need me, I’ll be curled up on my couch under a blanket, headed for an earlyish bedtime.

This month, I’m attempting to blog my way forward by writing every day as part of Blog Like Crazy.

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Cocktail of the Hour — the Ramos Gin Fizz

The Ramos Gin Fizz is one of the most time-intensive and physically challenging drinks for bartenders. In fact, its original instructions call for a 12-minute-long hard shake. Though most modern bars will shake it for two to five minutes, it still requires an intense physical effort. As a result, some bars will charge a lot more for this libation if it’s ordered during peak service hours.

Out of respect for my fellow bartenders, I’d been hesitant to post about it. With the advent of spring, this delicious, traditional New Orleans cocktail is something I’ve been craving on a regular basis. As well, its surprisingly straightforward place in history should be discussed and respected.

With all that said, please be considerate of your bartender when ordering this drink.

Historically, this drink has its origins  in the 1880s. Henry Ramos, a New Orleans bartender of the time, created this drink and ignited a craze. It became so popular that he had at least ten bartenders on the clock every night to keep up with demand. It’s not hard to see why — its creamy, fluffy texture is reminiscent of Lebanese ice cream and its taste is light, delicate, floral and entirely tasty.

As with most classics, variations on this drink have been made with different syrups, juices and garnishes. As spring approaches, experiment with different gins (I prefer either the Old Tom style) or different proportions to fit your taste.

Recipe:

1 dash orange flower water (orange blossom water is the same thing)
1 egg white
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.5 0z simple syrup
.75 oz heavy whipping cream
2 oz gin

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin. Shake vigorously without ice for at least 45 seconds. Add ice and shake vigorously for several minutes until the tin is frosty. Strain into a chilled Collins glass and top with soda water to create the foam cap.

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